Incumbent leader Askar Akayev appears to have handily defeated five rivals in gaining another five-year term as Kyrgyzstan's president. However, opposition leaders and international organizations have voiced complaints about election irregularities.
The Central Election Commission reported that Akayev won approximately 74.4 percent of the votes in the October 29 presidential election. According to figures released October 30, just over 75 percent of Kyrgyzstan's 2.49 million registered voters cast ballots. Akayev's support was strongest in Talas and Naryn provinces, where he garnered about 80 percent of the vote. In the capital, Bishkek, Akayev received 66 percent support. [For background about the candidates and the campaign see EurasiaNet's Election Watch.]
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Alisher Khamidov is the director of the Osh Media Resource Center in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.